Wednesday - 30 April 2008
External trade January-March 2008
Balance of trade
The value of exported goods from Iceland amounted to ISK 78,000 million fob and the value of imported goods amounted to ISK 102,700 million fob (ISK 111,900 million cif) January-March 2008. Thus there was a trade deficit, calculated on fob value, of 24,700 million as compared with a trade deficit of ISK 12,300 million in January-March 2007, at fixed rates of exchange¹.
The total value of exports of goods January-March 2008 was ISK 10,100 million or 11.4% lower at constant rates of exchange than the same period the year before.
The total value of imports of goods January-March 2008 showed increase of ISK 2,400 million fob or 2.4% higher than in the same period last year, at fixed rates of exchange.
|Balance of trade in March 2008|
|Change on previous year at constant exchange rates, % January-March|
|Million ISK at fixed exchange rate|
|Exports fob, total||30,637||34,291||80,417||78,006||-11.4|
|Imports fob, total||33,942||37,133||91,610||102,739||2.4|
|Balance of trade||-3,305||-2,841||-11,193||-24,733||·|
|The value of exports and imports March 2007 and 2008|
|Change on previous year at constant exchange rates 1) % January-March|
|Million ISK at current exchange rate|
|Exports fob, total||80,416.7||78,006.2||-11.4|
|Imports fob, total||91,609.7||102,739.5||2.4|
|Food and beverages||5,740.3||7,532.2||19.8|
|Industrial supplies n.e.s.||24,568.1||28,818.9||7.1|
|Fuels and lubricants||8,100.7||9,318.7||5.0|
|Capital goods (except for transport)||23,596.9||23,383.6||-9.5|
|Consumer goods n.e.s.||14,317.6||16,665.0||6.3|
|Balance of trade||-11,192.9||-24,733.2||·|
¹Based on trade-weighted index of average foreign currency prices in terms of ISK, change on previous year 9.5%. In March 2008, foreign currency prices were 21.2% higher than in March 2007.
Monthly figures of external trade for current year are revised together with the release of figures for new months. Annual figures are published approximately 7 weeks after the end of the reference year, in March each year. The figures are considered as final at that point of time.
From 1 February 2008 and onwards, midrate is used to convert the foreign currency value of the commodity to Icelandic krónur (ISK). Before that date, selling rates were used for the conversion of import figures and buying rates for the conversion of export figures. Also from 1 February and onwards, the official exchange rate is used that is registered by the Central Bank of Iceland the day before the customs clearance instead of previous procedure of using the official exchange rate that is registered by the Central Bank on the 28th of each month. Due to that the figures of the trade balance in February and onwards are not completely comparable to the trade balance figures in January and last year figures.